The Old Guard in 1898: A Short History of the Third United States Infantry Regiment

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The Old Guard in 1898 is the first detailed insight into one of the Army's most famous regiments: the Third United States Infantry Regiment, also known as "The Old Guard" and "The President's Own." Up to the year 1898, the Army had been an instrument of government policy limited to operations only within the North American continent. It had performed its mission well and had also made the conversion into a domestic peacekeeping force. With the outbreak of the War with Spain, however, the Army was asked to perform...

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Overview

The Old Guard in 1898 is the first detailed insight into one of the Army's most famous regiments: the Third United States Infantry Regiment, also known as "The Old Guard" and "The President's Own." Up to the year 1898, the Army had been an instrument of government policy limited to operations only within the North American continent. It had performed its mission well and had also made the conversion into a domestic peacekeeping force. With the outbreak of the War with Spain, however, the Army was asked to perform its primary function on the international political stage during a time of rapid, widespread news coverage. Historian Richard M. Lytle supplements his own narrative of the events with extensive newspaper accounts from the era, illustrating the public opinion and reaction to the war. In addition to the Old Guard's participation in the War with Spain in 1898, Lytle relates everything else pertaining to this regiment: its founding, its role in the War of 1812, its controversial name change in 1815, its performance in the Civil War, and its duties today as the honor guard for the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery, a caisson platoon, the continental honor guard, and a crackerjack Army drill team. Historic photographs of the Third Infantry Regiment are also included, bringing a face to the men who served in this famous unit, making this a necessity for military history enthusiasts.

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Editorial Reviews

The Journal of The Australian Society of Archivists
Lytle adeptly weaves the article excerpts into an interesting narrative that is a springboard for anyone interested in the 3rd Infantry or the Spanish-American war.
The Journal of the Australian Society of Archivists
Lytle adeptly weaves the article excerpts into an interesting narrative that is a springboard for anyone interested in the 3rd Infantry or the Spanish-American war.
Reference and Research Book News
Lytle, a history librarian, focuses on the era of the Spanish American war but includes telling contexts about the regiment's founding, its significant roles in the War of 1812 and in the Civil War, and its duties today at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery. He also discusses its honor guard and caisson platoon, and its amazing drill team.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810857544
  • Publisher: The Scarecrow Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/19/2007
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 5.57 (w) x 8.65 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard M. Lytle, a Vietnam-era veteran, is a librarian in the Hammond public library system. He is the author of The Soldiers of America's First Army: 1791 (Scarecrow Press, 2004).

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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     v
Introduction     1
1775-1897     5
Winter's Calm     25
Drifting into War     39
Gathering a Host     61
Fighting Third     77
War Fever     85
Buried with Honors     99
A Hostile Shore     119
Dead Leaves     135
Waiting on Events     151
Manila Bound     169
From Then to Now     189
Conclusion     205
Bibliography     207
Index     211
About the Author     226
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